One of the things I really appreciated about weddings in Europe were the custom-designed suits and menswear by traditional tailors. I didn’t know if it existed in Colorado, but it does. Today we have a guest post from our preferred bespoke menswear Bespoke Edge. Please support local Colorado vendors for your Colorado wedding…they are based in Denver!
How To Find The Perfect Wedding Suit
Wedding planning, as you probably already know, begins by selecting the big items - the date, the venue, and whether or not you want to hire an event planner. And of course, finding a great wedding photographer because the photos will last longer than anything else.
Unfortunately, one item that is often left until the very end is deciding on what your groom will wear. Wedding suit? Tuxedo? Something else?
When it comes to selecting a wedding suit or tuxedo for your groom, it’s relatively straightforward. However, there are some things that you will want to keep in mind, and the earlier you begin this process, the better. All you need to remember going into this is that your groom’s wedding suit is going to be something very special.
The following tips are intended to provide you with some practical guidance. So, read this article carefully, share it with your fiance, and you’ll be well on your way to having a sharply dressed groom waiting for you down the aisle!
How formal will your wedding be?
Right off the bat, you’ll want to decide on the level of formality of your wedding. Black tie or country casual? Beach or ballroom?
Let’s go over a few examples.
Consider a beach wedding. Your groom will need a breathable fabric to keep him comfortable, something like a linen or a cotton. Also, I’d recommend opting for a tan or some other light colored fabric to refer to the beach theme. Some grooms even opt to leave the jacket and/or tie behind for casual weddings. Again, typically the lighter tones like browns and greys tend to work well in casual situations.
What if you’re someplace between a formal, black tie event, and the beach? You’re probably not going to be wearing a tuxedo. Perhaps you’re considering a venue outside. It could be a grassy open space — a ranch, a chic barn, etc. In this instance, something that I see quite often is a groom choosing a 3-piece wedding suit. Now this may seem quite formal, but not if he chooses a softer shade in something like a gray tone or navy. And steer clear of pin stripes, as they belong in the office.
This is the look that you’re probably most familiar with. On one end of the spectrum, you have a full tuxedo with a black bow tie, and on the other end, a dark suit. A tuxedo is probably self explanatory, but what about the dark suit? A dark wedding suit will be pretty special. Go for one with peaked lapels, which will give the jacket a formal and confident look. In addition, find something in a very fine woolen fabric. [A good thing to remember is that (generally speaking) the coarser, or more textural the fabric is, the more casual it becomes.]
Fit is the most important thing
It doesn’t matter whether your groom wears a suit, tuxedo, vest, or even a t-shirt — the fit must be right. Sloppy clothes — baggy shirts, short sleeves, pants that are too long, etc — don’t just look bad, they obscure the man wearing them! You want people to see your groom on your wedding day, not him in a suit that doesn’t fit well. When clothes appear sloppy looking, it can be very noticeable and distracting both in person, and in the photos afterwards.
So, what can you do? When it comes to wedding suits and tuxedos, it’s best to consult with an expert. Regardless of where you end up shopping, make sure you can find someone who can help your groom get an amazing fit. If you’re reusing something that’s already in the closet, the same advice applies. Sometimes some careful tailoring can update an older suit, but always be honest with yourself — if it just doesn’t look right, then it may be time to go shopping.
Splurge, just a little
Almost all couples have to stick to a wedding budget, but one area that I can justify spending a little more in is the clothing, be it your wedding gown or your groom’s suit. In the years after your wedding, you probably won’t remember much about the food you served your guests or the table settings, but you will remember what you wore because you’ll have so many wonderful photos. Personally, I think that a very special day calls for special clothing. This doesn’t mean that your groom needs to wear a ridiculously expensive suit, but spending a bit more than you would on a day-to-day basis is part of what makes your wedding special for you as well as for your future husband.
I hope this post gets you thinking a bit about your groom’s outfit on the big day. Tailoring of store-bought suits can take upwards of a week, and custom suiting can take up to 6 weeks. So, the sooner you start thinking about menswear the better. Good luck!
Ryan Wagner is a co-founder of Bespoke Edge, Colorado’s highest rated men’s custom clothing shop. When he isn’t blogging for BE, he’s usually out in the mountains with his mountain bike or fly fishing rod.